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The assassination of Georgi Markov bore all the hallmarks of a Russian wet job

The Bulgarian dissident sailed too close to the wind with his revelations about Tudor Zhivkov in 1978, provoking the dictator to enlist Russian help in eliminating him

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The Umbrella Murder: The Hunt for the Cold War’s Most Notorious Killer Ulrik Skotte

W.H. Allen, pp.324, 25

In September 1978 Georgi Markov, a Bulgarian émigré writer, waited at a bus stop on Waterloo Bridge on his way to work at the BBC World Service. Feeling a sting in his right thigh, he looked round to see the man behind him picking up his apparently fallen umbrella. The man apologised in a foreign accent and hastily crossed the road where he hailed a taxi.

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